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Navigators hustling Davidenko past visa woes to Tour Down Under

The Navigators cycling team is hustling to get its star sprinter squared away in time for Tuesday's start of the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, Australia. Race director Mike Turtur, noting that the Navigators only drew an invitation to race last month, said Russian speedster Vassili Davidenko has been encountering visa problems. "We're still hopeful,” Turtur told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “We've got him on a booking on the 16th out of New York, but I think time might be against us." Never fear, says Navigators business manager Ray Cipollini. “Yes, there has been a delay due

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By VeloNews Interactive

The Navigators cycling team is hustling to get its star sprinter squared away in time for Tuesday’s start of the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, Australia.

Race director Mike Turtur, noting that the Navigators only drew an invitation to race last month, said Russian speedster Vassili Davidenko has been encountering visa problems.

“We’re still hopeful,” Turtur told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “We’ve got him on a booking on the 16th out of New York, but I think time might be against us.”

Never fear, says Navigators business manager Ray Cipollini.

“Yes, there has been a delay due to the fact that multiple visas are necessary for Vassili,” he told VeloNews. “But he is still scheduled to be on the starting line in Adelaide.

“It will be tight, especially after such a long flight, but such is the life of a professional cyclist.”